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#91559 - 05/03/02 07:39 PM Kicks in Real Combat?

I have a question for those more experienced than myself . . .

Would you use a kick in a real combat situation? I asked my sensei about this and he said it would depend on the circumstances.

I personally feel that a kick would be decent in real combat, but usually if you have only one opponent.

#91560 - 05/03/02 08:51 PM Re: Kicks in Real Combat?
joesixpack Offline
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Registered: 02/04/02
Posts: 2282
Loc: Australia
Hell yes! Mae geri to the groin, knees or muscle on the shins....devestating.

I say the use of these kicks would be great with multiple attackers because of their effectiveness.

Side and back kicks are great for self defense.

And stomping and kneeing too.

#91561 - 05/03/02 09:16 PM Re: Kicks in Real Combat?

I have to agree. Right now, though, when I workout fighting three or more people, I find it time consuming to kick with any real technique or power as I am constantly interrupted by my other opponents.

Hopefully this is something which can be remedied with experience.

#91562 - 05/04/02 10:32 AM Re: Kicks in Real Combat?
Shadowfax Offline

Registered: 10/08/01
Posts: 296
Loc: Mason City, IA
yeah, I would if the situation was right, but I wouldn't go above the knee in most cases and I'd use it VERY sparingly only if a really good opening presented itself. I tend to close in pretty fast when I fight anyway - I prefer the trapping ranges as most people don't seem to know much about fighting in them [IMG][/IMG]

when fighting multiple attackers, move quickly and try to get them all lined up with each other - - -if you can do that then you're fighting only one guy at a time while the other attackers are lined up behind him - - I've found that to be pretty effective.

Of course, in real life if three people are coming after me I view that as a life or death situation at which point the knife comes out.

#91563 - 05/08/02 06:29 PM Re: Kicks in Real Combat?
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Registered: 04/17/01
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It depends on how good you are really.
Generaly it's suicide to kick above the waist against even one opponent let alone multiple attackers. As mentioned,knee,thigh, groin etc are all good targets. That being said i wouldn't be adverse to side snap kicking a single opponent in the face if they were kind enough to give me the opportunity at the start of a confrontation. A controvertial statement I know and going against every decent self defence concept but as i said it depends on your kicking ability, the number of opponents and the surface that you are fighting on. Obviously i wouldnt try the above on a wet nightclub floor, but it shouldnt be ruled out. There is something to say for a little showboating against multiple attackers who havent steamed into you yet. A flash finish of one of their number when you have the element of suprise might just save your arse. Thoughts?


#91564 - 05/09/02 05:03 PM Re: Kicks in Real Combat?
Alejandro Offline

Registered: 05/02/02
Posts: 940
Loc: Las Cruces, NM USA
I think it depends alot on your ability and even more on who you're fighting. MOst adversaries wouldn't expect you to know anyhing fancy. A high front kick to the jaw would surprise him and most certainly take him out. I agree with MrVigerous on that a high side kick is effective. I beleive that kicks such as the high roundhouse and hook could be used in self-defense only if you can throw them very fast, and follow with a hand combination.

#91565 - 06/14/02 11:51 PM Re: Kicks in Real Combat?
Solidus Offline

Registered: 06/14/02
Posts: 4
Kicks do work in self defence, but only depending upon the situation. It can work either through the element of surprise or through sheer timing and skill. I'd also say have a backup plan if some one ever grabs your leg in a fight when a kicks execution fails.

#91566 - 06/16/02 04:31 AM Re: Kicks in Real Combat?
Niio Gokuu Offline

Registered: 06/16/02
Posts: 4
Loc: Danville, Indiana, USA
In my experience, kicks are good. What matters is which kick you use and where you place it.

People say Taekwondo is a pretty shabby martial art, but if you have a good, heavy set of boots on and someone's quickly approaching you (in an aggressive manner) or if you're just one strong kicker, a crecent kick to the temple will put the guys lights out for about 20 seconds and if you stick around until he gets back up he won't have the co-ordination or concentration to block just about any relatively qucik attack you have for the rest of the fight (longer, really, but I didn't stick around long enough to find out).

Oh, yea, make sure you're in a relatively dark area if you attempt this. Its probably a lot harder to pull off a crecent kick in borad daylight.

[This message has been edited by Niio Gokuu (edited 06-16-2002).]

#91567 - 07/18/02 01:37 PM Re: Kicks in Real Combat?
Jeniko Offline

Registered: 06/20/02
Posts: 126
Loc: England
A sidekick is always good too the shin or stomach, but i doubt i'd go any higher unless the opponent was aggressivly running at me or walking towards me in an aggressive manner.

Someone i was sparring with who'd been studying kung fu for some time used front kicks too push me back which i thought was a good idea, as a front snap kick into the chest can definatly put someone into an uncomfortable posistion.


PS: i don't know the names for all the moves so excuse me if any are wrong

#91568 - 09/30/02 11:41 PM Re: Kicks in Real Combat?
Lance Havock Offline

Registered: 09/30/02
Posts: 4
If you can do the kicks well enough, then of course. but the world is full of people that cannot kick to save their lives, but for some reason their oppinons tend to have more value than thise who can

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